Two new projects on opposite sides of the world have this week taken a step forward in their attempts to accelerate the development of a global green hydrogen industry. Yesterday the North West Energy & Hydrogen Cluster announced plans for a new skills roadmap, designed to highlight where skills gaps exist and where investment is needed. The roadmap is the latest part of the North West’s bid to become the UK’s first net zero carbon cluster, with the Liverpool and Manchester Mayors and Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) working directly alongside industry to bid for funding support from central government. In last week’s Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed £800m of funding would be provided for at least two UK CCS clusters through a new infrastructure fund. A key part of the North West project is a plan develop a hydrogen network, which is being spearheaded by the North West Hydrogen Alliance (NWHA). The moves comes in the same week as mining industry giants Anglo American, BHP, Fortescue and Hatch announced the launch of a new Australian renewable hydrogen consortium to “de-risk and accelerate” the production of green hydrogen.
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